February 6th - 20th, 2015
When’s the last time you got to stand in front of and photograph one of the world’s few progressing glaciers?
Join Dan and Tanya as they venture into a mountainous region of Argentina and Chile – Patagonia! Explore the magnificent granite peaks, majestic glaciers and lakes of Los Glacieres National Park in Argentina – declared a “World Heritage” site by UNESCO in 1981. We’ll get up close and personal with impressive glaciers, including Fitz Roy and also Perito Moreno Glacier – one of the few glaciers in the world that is still progressing!
We’ll also have opportunities to capture the local culture, from tango dancers to the gauchos and their sheep on the Patagonian grassland ranches. Join us!
2015 Patagonia Photography Tour Travel Plans
Friday, February 6
Depart US for Buenos Aires
Saturday, February 7
Arrive early in Buenos Aires and transfer from Ezeiza International Airport to the hotel. Spend the day at leisure. Optional walk later in the day to the square to photograph the changing of the guards and the Women’s bridge at night. Overnight at Hotel Moreno Buenos Aires
Sunday, February 8 (B, L, D)
After breakfast, depart for a private tango shoot in the colorful eclectic La Boca district followed by lunch. En route back to the hotel we’ll walk and photograph the streets of a Sunday antique and flea market. Tonight we’ll enjoy a tango show and dinner at the traditional “Esquina Homero Manzi”. Overnight at Hotel Moreno Buenos Aires
Monday, February 9 (B, L, D)
Los Glaciares National Park: El Chalten/Fitz Roy
After breakfast, we’ll photograph a private tango shoot in Plaza Dorrego and have lunch in a nearby area before flying to El Calafate. Our bus will be waiting at the airport in El Calafate and it will take three hours to drive us through the Patagonia steppes to El Chalten. This is a small village close to Viedma Lake and Glacier. This area north of Los Glaciares National Park, with its peaks Fitz Roy (11,073 feet), Cerro Torre, Torre Egger, Aguja Standhardt, Aguja Poincenot, and St. Exupery, constitute a singular challenge for climbers around the world. The landscape photography is AMAZING here! Sunset shoot from outside town. Overnight at the new Hotel Destino Sur
Tuesday, February 10 (B, L)
Los Glaciares National Park – El Chalten/Fitz Roy
Today you’ll enjoy some great areas for photography. We’ll start at sunrise when the first light hits the mountains. In the morning we’ll photograph gauchos and horses with Fitz Roy in the background followed by an afternoon shoot at Chorrillo del Salto, a spectacular waterfall. Around noon on this day we’ll experience a wine and cheese tasting at the best Wine Bar in southern Patagonia. Dinner on own. Overnight at the new Hotel Destino Sur
Wednesday, February 11 (B, L, D)
Los Glaciares National Park – Viedma Glacier
Full day boat excursion on the Viedma Lake to view and photograph the spectacular Viedma Glacier and also some short trekking on the glacier (with crampons) to visit the ablation areas and ice caves. Hats and gloves mandatory! We’ll photograph ice climbers in their colorful gear…this is an amazing adventure! Picnic lunch during the excursion. Photograph the sunset. Overnight at the new Hotel Destino Sur
NOTE: We may change today’s excursion due to weather conditions, and in this case we would visit another area. Climb is optional.
Thursday, February 12 (B, D)
Los Glaciares National Park – Perito Moreno Glacier
Early sunrise shoot or catch up on sleep this morning. Departure mid-morning for a drive by private coach to El Calafate, a small town located along the shores of Argentino Lake. The landscape of the region is a combination of arid steppes to the east, where eagles, falcons, lesser rheas, guanacos, hares, and foxes reside, and forests of lengas and nires near the West Andes. Arrive in El Calafate for lunch and time to explore this charming town. Tonight we’ll stay in simple, private accommodations at a working sheep ranch along the lake. Overnight Hotel El Galpon del Glaciar
Friday, February 13 (B, L, D)
Los Glaciares National Park – Perito Moreno Glacier
Quick coffee and snack before heading out early morning to photograph the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. This park of 600.000 hectares (2,300 square miles) has 13 glaciers that flow into the Argentino and Viedma lakes. Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still progressing. It is only 500 feet above sea level, which makes it very accessible, allowing one to stand in front of a mountain of ice that measures 60 m (180 ft) by 5 km (2.5 miles). The constant fall of huge towers of ice from its walls and into the lake is an unforgettable spectacle. Lunch back at the ranch with free time to explore in the afternoon. There will be a guided walk around the ranch and a dog herding/sheep sheering demonstration. Dinner at the ranch. Overnight Hotel El Galpon del Glaciar
Saturday, February 14 (B, L, D)
Torres del Paine National Park / Chile
Today we’ll cross the border to Chile (Cancha Carrera/Cerro Castillo) and drive to Torres del Paine National Park. We’ll make a stop for an ATM and lunch.
Torres del Paine is a large park (450,000 acres) declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Today you will visit Sarmiento, Nordenskjold and Pehoe Lakes. This is guanaco country with great opportunities to photograph the woolly llama type creatures. Additional fauna includes lesser rheas, black-necked swans, geese, flamingos, Magellanic woodpeckers, and peregrine falcons and condors that reside on the mountain slopes. Overnight Hotel Rio Serrano
Sunday, February 15 (B, L, D)
Torres del Paine National Park / Chile
Photograph the sunrise from the lodge or venture out to a nearby point. Discover areas of beautiful scenery, guanacos, birds and foxes to photograph. Overnight Hotel Rio Serrano
Monday, February 16 (B)
Torres del Paine National Park – Punta Arenas
After breakfast, we’ll drive to Punta Arenas and stop along the way in Puerto Natales for lunch and time to explore on your own. Upon arrival in Puntas Arenas, you’ll have the evening free to explore, have dinner and catch up on rest. Overnight Hotel Cabo De Hornos
Tuesday, February 17 (B, L, D)
Punta Arenas – Porvenir
After breakfast, we’ll take the ferry and cross the strait of Magellan to El Porvenir. Upon arrival we’ll have lunch in this port town. In the afternoon we’ll visit the King Penguin Colony and return to this historical hotel for dinner and a good nights sleep. Overnight Hosteria Yendegaia
Wednesday, February 18 (B, L)
Porvenir – Rio Gallegos / Buenos Aires
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the East of Tierra del Fuego and cross again the Strait of Magellan at Punta Delgada Ferry. Then we’ll drive north and cross the border at Monte Aymond and have bagged lunches on the bus. Once in Argentina, we’ll continue on to Rio Gallegos for our return flight to Buenos Aires. Dinner on own. Overnight Lennox Hotel Buenos Aires
Thursday, February 19 (B, L)
Sleep in this morning or explore Buenos Aires on your own. We’ll be transported to an elegant lunch spot in the Madero Pier district for our farewell lunch. Transfer mid-afternoon to Ezeiza International Airport to take your flight home.
Friday, February 20
13 Guests Maximum
$6810 per person, based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $980
$1000.00 Per person due at time of booking
Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted
Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.
June 1, 2014: $3000 First Installment
October 1, 2014: Final Payment
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810 N. Wallace, Suite E
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- 13 days/12 nights lodging
- Park entrance fees
- Local bilingual guides for excursions as necessary
- Meals as indicated in itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Private overland bus transportation for group
- International airline tickets
- Personal/travel insurance
- Flights in Argentina: Buenos Aires-El Calafate and Rio Gallegos-Buenos Aires. Current airfare is about $600 in economy.
- Personal expenses, laundry, spending money
- Beverages during meals
- Reciprocity fees/visas to enter Argentina/Chile
Flights to Book
February 7, 2015
Arrive Buenos Aires (Ezeiza – EZE) any time of day
February 19, 2015
Depart Buenos Aires (Ezeiza – EZE) late afternoon/evening
Group farewell lunch in Madero Pier district before departing.
Our tour operator would be happy to assist you in booking these flights. If interested, please let us know at time of booking. Otherwise, we’ll let you know which flights to book.
Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is affordable and can be purchased for each trip or an entire year and can even be bundled with your regular travel insurance! We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:
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Allianz Global Assistance
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Terms & Conditions
Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.
By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY
Accommodations for 2015 Patagonia Photography Tour
February 7 and 8, 2 Nights
Hotel Moreno Buenos Aires
Located in a restored historical building where Art Deco architecture remains intact, Moreno Hotel Buenos Aires perfectly captures the city vibration and its shiny reflection of the bohemian heritage.
Its large rooms and magnificent spaces coexist with history and they provide contemporary comfort with state-of-the-art decoration. From the terrace in the top floor, guests can appreciate the shore of the widest river in the world, Río de la Plata, and countless bucolic domes from the historical and elegant city centre of Buenos Aires that together with its European tradition provide a unique stay. Hotel Moreno Buenos Aires has been selected by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the world’s 65 best new hotels.
February 9-11, 3 Nights
Hotel Destino Sur – New!
Destino Sur offers the best service, spaciousness and comfort. Each bedroom is equipped with wooden furniture, king size sommiers, cotton sheets and blankets and handmade covers. All rooms include 32″ LCD TV with satellite connection, telephone, minibar, heating, safe and WIFI.
February 12 and 13, 2 Nights
Hotel El Galpon del Glaciar
February 14 and 15, 2 Nights
Hotel Rio Serrano
The hotel gets its name after the sinuous Serrano River, which is born in the waters of Toro Lake and leads into Ultima Esperanza Sound. Its unique location, in front of the Torres del Paine and surrounded by an astonishing nature, gives the perfect amalgam of design, quality and comfort keeping in mind the fragile ecosystem. The decoration of Rio Serrano Hotel is both warm and cosy with architectonical lines that merge fineness and rustic. They have been designed to provide that unique home atmosphere. Wood and stone make the perfect blend, that together with a fireplace set scene of pure relaxation. The hotel is surrounded by a breathtaking natural beauty for a spectacular view around all the facilities. The spacious areas give emphasis to elegance and quality assuring a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
February 16, 1 Night
Hotel Cabo De Hornos
Located in the heart of Punta Arenas, Hoel Cabos De Hornos stands out for its traditional building that has been witness to the development of the city, housing the history and tradition of the Patagonian culture with its warm and personalized service.
Looking onto the Strait of Magellan, the hotel is an icon of the Patagonian capital, chosen by the Bicentennial Commission as the most emblematic piece of architecture and contribution to the city of Magallanes during the twentieth century.
Hotel Cabo boasts modern and cozy rooms, providing the highest international standard of service and a restaurant and bar where you will be captivated by the best and most classic cuisine of the area.
February 17, 1 Night
A small inn located in the historic part of Porvenir. Features access to WiFi and cable TV programming.
February 18, 1 Night
Lennox Hotel Buenos Aires
Nestled in the heart of Buenos Aires, the Lennox Hotel Buenos Aires is an unforgettable sensory experience that every world traveler must indulge. Stylish design, modern comfort and cutting edge technology are some of the many qualities that distinguish this unique urban oasis where guests can relax in the middle if it all.
Location is everything, and the Lennox Hotels Buenos Aires is right at the center of the financial, cultural and entertainment district of the city. As one of the distinguished hotels in Buenos Aires, they are conveniently located near everything the city has to offer. Take a stroll down the cafés on Calle Florida, discover the passion of Tango on Avenida Corrientes or marvel at the architecture of Teatro Colón.
When you are a guest at the Lennox Hotels Buenos Aires, your senses will be inspired by their notable hotel services. Surf the web with their hi-speed WiFi connection throughout the hotel and guest rooms, enjoy the convenience and comfort of 24-hour in-room dining, rejuvenate and relax in our Terraza Madero and solarium.
Helpful Information for 2015 Patagonia Photography Tour
This tour can be enjoyed by photography enthusiasts along with non-photographing spouses/friends. You don’t have to have a certain camera or knowledge to join. Daniel enjoys teaching on a personal level versus the typical photography workshops with large groups. Activity level is moderate and many of the outings are optional based on your preference.
US and Canadian citizens do not need a tourist visa to visit Argentina and Chile, however, US, CANADIAN and AUSTRALIAN passport holders need to pay a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina.
Reciprocity fees must be paid online prior to departure through Provincia Pagos.
These are not included in the trip cost, but our tour operator would be happy to assist you in booking these flights. If interested, please let us know at the time of booking. Otherwise, we will notify you of which flights to book.
No vaccinations required.
SUGGESTED CLOTHING and EQUIPMENT
- Hiking boots
- Comfortable shoes/sandals
- Several thin and thick socks
- Comfortable pants
- Swimsuit (optional)
- Light shirts
- Heavy sweaters
- Rain gear (such as rain pants, Gore-tex shell with hood, etc.)
- Jacket (with fleece mid-layer is better)
- Hat, gloves, bandanna
- Daypack for personal items
- Water bottles during excursions (preferably reusable)
- Pocket flashlight
- Personal toilet items
- Personal medical kit: Ibuprofen or aspirin, band-aids, sunscreen, insect repellant, lip balm, topical antiseptic, personal prescriptions, etc.
- Ziplock bags
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Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers
"I really loved our Patagonia expedition. From tango dancers in Buenos Aires to the gaucho at El Chaltén; plus the incredible wildlife and scenery it was an incredible experience. Have been to Patagonia twice now and would love to go back with Dan and Tanya. They made the trip more than just a "shooting trip"; great dinners, great places to stay and wonderful camaraderie. I can't wait to go back again... The Best!!!"
Tom Dietrich, Wyoming
"it was SUCH a great trip! Paul thoroughly loved getting to travel with you two and said he really learned so much. He's super excited about photography in a new way. Thanks I always love getting to see you guys and it is SUCH a joy to be able to travel with and learn from you both! Can't wait to see you again in a few weeks for Machu Picchu!"
Christine Crosby, Oregon
"Dear Dan and Tanya: Thank you for a diverse and interesting trip. I loved the morning mountain sunrise shoots, particularly enjoyed the guanacos and penguins and wished I had a longer lens to capture their faces. The glaciers were amazing and thank you, Dan, for not scolding me when I was the last one to return to the bus. It was a wonderful trip, interesting people in the group and enjoyable conversations and new friends. Hope to join you in the future for another wildlife expedition!"
Meggi Raeder, California